Thursday, April 20, 2006

Does This Mean I May Not Actually Be Nuts?

From your Chicago Tribune:
Most of the experts who prepared the world's leading medical guide to mental illness had undisclosed financial relationships with drug companies that presented potential conflicts of interest, according to a new report published Thursday in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

The study is the first to document extensive monetary connections between drug companies, psychiatrists and other scientists responsible for the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. ***

Of particular concern, Krimsky suggested, is his study's finding that 100 percent of the experts on DSM-IV panels overseeing mood disorders and schizophrenia/psychotic disorders were financially involved with the drug industry. These are the largest categories of psychiatric drugs in the world -- 2004 sales of $20.3 billion and $14.4 billion respectively. ***

[T]he original 1952 DSM manual contained 107 mental health disorders. By the fourth edition in 1994, the number had more than tripled to 365.
I don't want to be "glib," but you know that Tom Cruise and his fellow Scientologists are just going to have a field day with this.

3 comments:

Kankakee Voice said...

sorry Austin, you are still nuts! but that's a good thing. ;)

Anonymous said...

Have your voices call my voices, and they can meet in a neutral alternative universe to discuss our sanity.

Anonymous said...

what does "financially involved" mean? all editors in any specialty of medicine are research involved & that means so financial connection.

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